Through my research in Washington of Franklin County, New York and on the Franklin County US Gen Website, I have been able to find the death dates and learn more of the children of David Freeman, my 4th great-grandfather. While his son, Azro Daniel, my 3rd great-grandfather migrated west to Wisconsin, some of his children stayed with him in Westville. Here are the cemetery abstracts I was able to locate:
Briggs Street Cemetery-Westville
David M. FREEMAN Died Sept. 27, 1865 AE 46 Y’rs. & 5 mos.
Thou art gone yet we love thee. (NOTE: McLellan wrote: “stone had disappeared in 1954.”)
FREEMAN (Row 5-E)
Cordelia Wife of David M. FREEMAN Dec. 19, 1825 – May 7, 1903
FREEMAN (Row 6-C)
Joseph M. Son of David & Cordelia FREEMAN Died July 16, 1850 Aged 8 months and 20 days
FREEMAN (Row 6-C)
Alvah W. Son of D. M. & Cordelia FREEMAN Died Nov. 23, 1857 AE 6 yrs. & 2 ms
Now Mother cease thy weeping
And calm thy anguished breast,
Thy cherub boy is sleeping,
Thy darling is now at rest.
David M Freeman is the first son of David and Vina (Waterman) Freeman
Coal Hill Cemetery-Westville
Joel FREEMAN Died Nov. 15, 1920 Age 82 Y’rs.
Mary BRIGGS His Wife Died May 1, 1916 Age 59 Y’rs.
Fig 1. David FREEMAN Died June 11, 1881 AE 88 y’s. (NOTE: There is a Rev. Soldier flag & marker next to this gravestone.) Photo Courtesy of Franklin County Tombstone Transcriptions.
Fig 2. In memory of [Elisha] FREEMAN Died July 8, 1838 AE 92 Ys.
(NOTE: This stone is broken and lying flat on the fround.) Photo Courtesy of Franklin County Tombstone Transcriptions.
Fig 3. Lovina Wife of David FREEMAN Died Feb. 10, 1874 AE 77 yrs.
Photo Courtesy of Franklin County Tombstone Transcriptions.
On the west side:
John W. FREEMAN Died Mar. 15, 1902 AE 81 Yrs.
Elvira DEWEY His Wife Died June 8, 1884 (AE 55 Yrs.)
Gone but not forgotten.
On the east side:
Carrie FREEMAN Wife of Robert McCREEDY 1859 – 1939
Footstones: Carrie, Father, Mother
Source: Franklin County, New York Tombstone Transcriptions, (online database, Northern New York Tombstone Transcription Project).
David and Lovina are my fourth great-grandparents and Elisha Freeman was the name of David’s father. I do not know whether it is him or not. It’s interesting that the source lists that David’s grave had a rev.war flag next to his name, when it should be listed next to his father Elisha Freeman. If this is the Elisha Freeman I am related to, that would be fantastic, because I had no idea what happened to him after 1790 in Vermont.
The fact John Freeman was married to a Dewey is great news because for a long time I had been trying to locate the origins of my 3x-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Dewey, who was Azro’s wife. There probably sisters and this gives me more to work with. Earlier on, I found the freeman family in the 1850 Census in Westville, a female named Elvira lived there but had no idea who it was, but now I know. They were married in 1850 according to the census record (married within the year) and she was born in Canada just like Mary Ann.
These transcriptions are identical to the ones of Virginia Anne Wolfe, but hers had another individual in the Riverside Cemetery, that of William Harrison Freeman, third child of David and Lavina.
William H Freeman d. 25 Dec 1918 age 95 years
Lucretia M Clark wife d. 02 Feb 1886 age 48 years
Frances A ( ) wife d. 22 Mar 1857 age 31 years
Source: Virginia Anne (Croissant) Wolfe, Cemeteries of Franklin County, (1989), 1:149.
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